Hybrid wind-diesel power systems reduce costs

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Fuel savings a boon in remote areas. Quebec group's invention a promising solution, Canadian Wind Energy convention hears

Isolated communities, mining sites and other industrial outposts want to replace their expensive, polluting diesel generators with hybrid power systems that use wind.

And Quebec’s Wind Energy TechnoCentre is working on a promising solution, a session of the Canadian Wind Energy Association convention in Montreal heard yesterday.

It is focused on a wind-diesel hybrid power system that creates and uses compressed air as a storage system for excess wind-generated energy, the centre’s research director Hussein Ibrahim told a session on wind-diesel systems.

When the power is needed, the compressed air is used to “turbocharge” the diesel engine.

For more on this article: http://www.montrealgazette.com/technology/Hybrid+wind+diesel+power+systems+reduce+costs/3773930/story.html

Source: LYNN MOORE, Montreal Gazette

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